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Peter Aerts

Animal Biomechanics Group Convenor

Peter is Professor in Zoology at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and is the Vice-chair of the University Research Council. He studied biology (1976–80) at the University of Ghent, Belgium, and continued to work in the same Institution in the context of his PhD. Initially he started with investigations on the larval development of fishes, but his main interest was readily drawn towards the functional aspects of the musculoskeletal system of the adult fish. This finally resulted in a thesis dealing with the mechanics and hydrodynamics of aquatic feeding (1987). At that time (1986) he also started to work together with the Department of Movement and Sport Science of the University of Ghent, where he still has a visiting professorship. After a short post-doctoral period in Ghent he moved in 1989 to the Functional Morphology Lab in Antwerp (FunMorph-UA) to become a Research Associate and later Research Director of the FWO-Flanders (Research Fund-Flanders). In 2002 he became head of the FunMorph Lab. Much of the research carried out under his supervision still concerns musculoskeletal function during feeding and primarily locomotion of vertebrates (fishes, frogs, salamanders, turtles, lizards, apes and humans). Next to scientific management and research, he also teaches courses on:
•    General Zoology
•    Form and Function
•    Embryology
•    Functional Morphology of Vertebrates
•    Biomechanics
•    Scaling.

Peter Aerts
Functional Morphology Lab
Department of Biology, University of Antwerp
Universiteitsplein 1
B2610 Antwerp
Ph: +3232652269

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SEB Gothenburg 2017

Gothenburg, Sweden
3 - 6 July 2017